WikiLeaks’ release of emails from Hillary Clinton lieutenant John Podesta points out a “cozy and often improper” relationship between the press and Clinton’s campaign, according to Fox News.
The emails WikiLeaks has released include advance notice of debate questions, promises of positive coverage, and editorial control over stories.
"We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed,” a January 2015 memo said about former Politico and current New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
Campaign officials for the Democratic candidate have not denied the emails are authentic, but have placed blame on Russia, saying it supplied the emails to WikiLeaks.
A post by the WikiLeaks Twitter account said the Clinton campaign should not be allowed to get away with dodging questions.
In another case, Donna Brazile, then a CNN contributor and now acting head of the Democratic National Committee, tipped off the Clinton campaign about a question that would be asked during Clinton's debate against opponent Bernie Sanders, according to U.S. News and World Report.
In a statement, Brazile denied leaking questions.
"I often shared my thoughts with each and every campaign, and any suggestions that indicate otherwise are completely untrue," her statement read. "I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did."
CNBC correspondent and New York Times contributor John Harwood, who served as a moderator in one of the Republican primary debates, emailed Podesta to request an interview or offer advice. In one exchange, he said then-candidate Ben Carson could give the Clinton campaign "real trouble" in a general election.
Another New York Times reporter, Mark Leibovich, emailed Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, who recommended edits such as removing a reference to Sarah Palin from a Clinton story. Palmieri ended one email: "Pleasure doing business!"
One of the leaked emails involved Clinton aide Christine Reynolds, who got a congratulatory email for "single handedly" convincing a Washington Post reporter to do a story on Arizona Sen. John McCain’s wife Cindy.
"This is truly outstanding! Great work!" Democratic operative Paul Begala wrote.
The campaign manager for Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald Trump, said on "Fox and Friends" the WikiLeaks emails show how Democrats "really, truly feel about people."
"It is disappointing to read those emails," Conway said.
President Barack Obama's press secretary Josh Earnest said he cannot conclusively tie the publication of the emails to the Russian government, but it looks like other instances "consistent with Russian-directed efforts," Politico reported.
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